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Old 10-15-2017, 10:20 PM   #1
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Dog Face Puffer breathing heavily at bottom of tank!

I have a 75 gallon salt water tank. I recently move around a few items in the tank while I was doing it the Dog Face got scared and started to puff. I also did a water change of about 20 gallons. The water is partially cloudy now. But my Puffer is sitting under a rock not moving and breathing kinda hard with his beak out. I was worried about him so I gave him a little krill and he ate it. Is he okay or should I do?

all of my perimeters seem to be in check as far as ammonia nitrates nitrites ph and salinity 1.22-1.23 my temperature is also about 77 F.

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Old 10-16-2017, 12:25 AM   #2
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I'd run some carbon and do another water change. Sounds like you had a ton of gunk built up around the fake rocks and when you moved them it overwhelmed what beneficial bacteria that was in the tank. Basically a mini cycle due to not much area for bacteria growth in fake rock.
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Iíll get right on it thank you!!
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the one thing that wasn't mentioned is it is a normal form of defense when it feels threatened he will puff up and put out his beak , the only concern with this is they secret a slimy toxin that can foul the water quickly . the carbon should help but keep up partial water changes till he seems to be back to himself. and all your parameters look to be back in check,
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I have a dog face and what your describing does not seem like something to worry about. I think you're fine.


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